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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.

iPad — What you need to know, plus a roundup of cases


Macworld has a great article that answers frequently asked questions about the iPad. It's a quick way to get a handle on all the essential details. Also, they have a roundup of cases

Great video review of the iPad

This video review of the iPad from PC magazine really does a good job of showing you the device and what it can do.

Tons of iPad reviews out today — mostly euphoric


Wow, the first wave of reviews of the iPad are amazingly euphoric — unbridled enthusiasm, and calling the iPad revolutionary and a game-changer. It even made the cover of this week's Newsweek magazine, which read: "What's so great about the iPad? Everything." Fast Company has a very helpful executive summary of the main reviews, with links to the original articles. The Huffington Post also has a slide show of the rave reviews from the top media outlets.

goober VoIP and goober IM — free apps out today, cheaper rate than Skype


Two free apps announced today increase your options for making low-cost calls via your iPhone or iPod touch. goober VoIP is like Skype in that it can use the data capability of your iPhone via WiFi or 3G to make telephone calls. But the rate is 1 cent per minute compared to Skype's 2.1 cents per minute for calls in the U.S. and Canada. International calls are around 1.4 cents per minute. The first two minutes of any call are free, and you get 100 free minutes when you first sign up.

iPhone may be coming from Verizon


The Internet is buzzing with the news this morning that Apple may be coming out with a Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone in September. As a result, Verizon's stock has surged, Apple's stock is up, and AT&T's stock dropped. All of the buzz is courtesy of a Wall Street Journal report yesterday that quoted unnamed sources. The most interesting aspect of the rumor was that both the GSM and CDMA bands would be in the same phone.

Apple's fight with Google — update: Steve Jobs seen chatting with CEO Schmidt


For a number of years Google and Apple were the best of buddies, with Google CEO Eric Schmidt even being on Apple's board of directors. That was so yesterday. Schmidt has resigned, and in early March Apple sued Google partner HTC because it says the devices it makes that run Google's Android software are a violation of its patents.

Encyclopedia Britannica now available for the iPhone


It's amazing how far things have come. Raise your hand if you remember when encyclopedia salesmen used to go door to door, selling you a shelf of books for hundreds of dollars. Now you can have the Encyclopedia Britannica in the palm or your hand for $25. The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 has over 25,000 entries covering art, history, geography, politics, technology, science, sports, pop culture, and other subjects. It also has over 800 images and maps. And if you shake your iPhone, it brings up a random article.

Coming — Opera Mini browser for iPhone


This past week Opera announced that it had submitted Opera Mini to the App Store for approval, which is good news. This is a very popular browser on other mobile platforms, and early tests show that it's way way faster than Safari in the iPhone. The video gives a short demo of this browser running on an iPhone. Of course, we don't yet know whether Apple will approve it, but hopefully they will.

Hacker says his new crack will likely also work to jailbreak the iPad


It's not advised, and possibly also not legal, but some people "jailbreak" their iPhones so they can use them on a network other than AT&T and install apps without going through the App Store. Now, according to Wired, the first hacker to jailbreak the iPhone says that his latest hack will likely also work to jailbreak the iPad.

Digg — top social media site releases free app

Digg is probably the most popular social media site — certainly my favorite.

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